The interest is there, but the availability just plain isn’t. How much is Lionel Messi actually worth to Barcelona?
There are very few things in sports that simply can’t be bought and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is one of them, but that hasn’t stopped Chelsea, Man United and Man City from pursuing the king of football and making inquiries.
According to the Daily Star, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that the three Premier League elites had been joined by Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the impossible race for the highest-regarded football player in the world.
“PSG asked if Messi was for sale,” Bartomeu told a Spanish radio station. “I said, ‘And (Marco) Verratti?’ They said no … So Messi is not either.”
Chelsea, Man United and Man City have all been heavily linked to a move for the 28-year-old football king, and all of them have just as many financial means as PSG do of trying to make a qualifying bid for Messi should he ever be made available.
Messi, the undisputed leader of Barcelona and one of the most decorated athletes in the world, is rated at an ungodly £200 million valuation by Barcelona (roughly two to four times Real Madrid valuation for Cristiano Ronaldo) and is considered not for sale at any price to the reigning La Liga and Champions League champions.